3,4 Dimethylmethcathinone (3,4 DMMC) is primarily used recreationally and in fact a member of the cathinone family of drugs. It is a common pharmaceutical ingredient and a precursor of several drugs. It was manufactured in the United States in the early 1990s. There are no well-designed clinical trials that could document the long-term effects of use, and the only information available relates to short-term effects. There is limited information on whether any long-term adverse health effects result from the use of this chemical. This article includes a short description of the background of 3,4 Dimethylmethcathinone (3,4 DMMC), abuse, as well as some common questions and answers about this drug and other drugs containing this chemical.


3,4 Dimethylmethcathinone (3,4 DMMC), is also known by other names, such as ephedrine, meow, wakmeow, methoxamine, tetrahydrocurate, and speed. It was developed in New Mexico, under the code name of N-methyl-piperazine. It was marketed under other names in various countries, including United Kingdom (UK), Germany, Japan, and Italy.

What is the context of the current use of 3,4 DMMC?

3,4 Dimethylmethcathinone (3,4 DMMC) was used as an intravenous preload in rats and was found to be highly effective in reducing body weight. Animal studies with human subjects showed similar results. In animal studies, it was shown to have similar efficacy to cocaine and amphetamines, indicating a potential for addiction liability.

Can 3,4 DMMC be abused?

There is one factor about this drug that may lead to abuse as indicated in the various classifications below. Illegal versions of the drug were pulled off the shelves in the UK and the United States in 2021 due to reports of deaths from a drug overdose. Although the deaths did not happen in those countries, they were reported from other countries as well. It was soon brought back as an over-the-counter medication. Many people have overdosed on the non-formulated version.

The drug was designed not to be abused but has some of the highest reported rates of substance abuse. It is an extremely powerful stimulant and is known to produce euphoria, anxiety, alertness, and feelings of paranoia in users. Unfortunately, like many recreational drugs, it can also produce potentially fatal conditions such as hypothermia and respiratory arrest. There are currently three different classifications for this substance. Each classification is legally enforced by various state laws.

The first, and most serious, classification is referred to as “rooms” or “intake”. This refers to the amount of time a person has taken the drug and whether they have any kind of medical condition or other impediment that impairs their ability to take their medication properly. Those who fit into this category include those with physical disabilities, heart problems, allergies, and the elderly. People in this situation may receive reduced or no sentence if they can prove that they did not take the drug in a public place. However, these people are still considered to be in a position of irresponsibility when it comes to substance abuse and have to pay higher penalties.

The second, less serious, classification is called “street use”. This refers to people who consume small amounts of the drug (3,4 DMMC) on a regular basis but do not meet the requirements for the rooms or intake classifications. This group includes young people, who often use the drug to stay energized during the day or for partying, as well as people who may have certain traits that make them more likely to abuse the drug.


Those who fall into the third, “relieve”, classification are people who have a legitimate need to use the drug but who abuse it. They do so by seeking a prescription for the drug and not following the stipulated guidelines. Although some legitimate medical conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may qualify you for a prescription of 3,4 DMMC but chronic pain is not one of them. In this case, the only option is to turn to other means such as this drug.

To deal with abusers of this drug, the government has introduced several laws and regulations. The most common is the Mandatory Drug Testing and Monitoring Law, which requires doctors and pharmacists to screen people who apply for a prescription of 3,4 DMMC. This includes both adults and minors. Another regulation is the Disqualification of illicit drugs act which makes the use of any other illicit drug a punishable offense. Other regulations include the importation and exportation of 3,4 DMMC, its production, and packaging as well as its distribution.

Is there any potential for side effects?

Unlike many medications, there are few or no known side effects related to the use of 3,4 DMMC. However, the possibility of cardiac arrhythmia exists if you take higher doses. You may experience hypertension, hypotension, fainting, and nausea if you ingest higher doses of the drug.

Many users of this drug have also reported physical harm resulting from abuse. The most common is liver damage, which is caused when 3,4 DMMC users drink or consume large amounts of alcohol, or take recreational drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin. Another common side effect is constipation, dehydration, and even severe stomach pain.

Is safety a concern?

It is unknown whether the possible side effects are dose-related. However, these effects have been noted in clinical studies. It has been found that the possible side effects may outweigh the benefits. If you have a medical condition, such as diabetes, blood pressure problems, or a heart or kidney condition, you should avoid taking the medication. You may experience dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

To minimize the dangers of using 3,4 DMMC, it is important that the substance is prescribed by a licensed physician or dentist before use. It must be used only under strict medical supervision. Regular and consistent use of this medicine can help in the reduction of withdrawal symptoms when detoxifying from 3,4 DMMC. 3,4 DMMC users have reported feeling a sense of relief and comfort after completing treatment. In fact, many addicts prefer this method over any other because of the lessening of the unpleasant side effects of withdrawal from 3,4 DMMC.